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The Police Chief Update
December Issue  
DECEMBER 2015 ISSUE
Ethics in law enforcement has always been vitally important, but the focus has been sharpened as recent events have led to the public’s cries for reform, accountability, and transparency. This issue explores the timely issue of ethics in policing and includes research and recommendations for leadership, among other topics.

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Hardly a week goes by without news reports of citizen outrage at a police shooting or an ambush against an officer. The result is a vicious cycle of hostility and distrust on both sides that, if left unchecked, will inevitably make policing more difficult and put police officers more at risk—not only from assaults, but also from the corrosive cumulative effects of hypervigilance. What can chiefs and agencies do to mitigate these situations, support their officers and safeguard their well-being, and rebuild community trust?

The last five years have witnessed significant and ongoing changes to the police service of England and Wales. One of these changes has been a major drive both from government and from within the police to reform the service. These reforms are designed to enable U.K. law enforcement to improve its ethical credentials and inspire greater public confidence. In 2014, after a period of public consultation, the new College of Policing published the first ever Code of Ethics for Police for England and Wales.

Policing places a heavy value on loyalty, and reporting a colleague for misconduct may invite repercussions from peers or the agency. How, then, given the risks attached to reporting, can sworn officers be encouraged to enhance public trust by reporting inappropriate conduct? A national survey of 10,264 sworn members from 31 Canadian police agencies sheds some light on conditions under which sworn members are more likely to report professional misconduct. The purpose of the survey was to identify practices and programs that sustained member commitment to integrity.



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